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15 Must-Have Apps That Will Make Your Life More Convenient

15 Must-Have Apps That Will Make Your Life More Convenient

We live in a time where there is a need for speed. An average person performs multiple tasks during each day besides their regular work. We organize our time as best as we can to do as much as possible. Still, efficiency is the key. Luckily, with modern technological advancements we can get the information we need almost instantly, and while on the go.

Just about everyone owns a smartphone nowadays and these devices have become one of our best friends over a short period of time. Some might argue that there is a huge downside to this and that people are becoming anti-social because of their modern gadgets. That may be true, but it all depends on the individual and how he or she plans on using the latest technological advancements.

Amongst other things, smartphones have thousands of apps coming out each month. If used properly, these apps can improve your life significantly and help you do regular activities more efficiently, and here is how.

1. Pocket Yoga

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    The name of this app is self-explanatory. It’s an app that brings yoga to your phone. It has many yoga exercises to choose from, depending on the difficulty, duration, or simply the exercises you feel like doing. No matter how much time you have for your yoga session or the your skill level required for performing these exercises, with Pocket Yoga you can find what you need. Instant pocket Yoga, simple as that. The app is free.

    2. Dreamdays

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      Dreamdays is an app that allows you to count down days to a designated date. While doing so you can sort all of your countdowns by time and categories. Each of the countdowns created are customizable, and you can add recorded voice memos, personal background or any other emotions that relate to the event you are counting down to. Furthermore, you can use the app to share your feelings, or delights about that event on Twitter or Facebook. The cost of the app is 0.99 dollars.

      3. Smart Alarm Clock

      This app is a crafty tool that analyzes and records your sleeping patterns and wakes you up at the ideal moment once your body has received its rest. It uses the accelerometers, geometers and smart algorithms of your smartphone to detect and monitor your movements while you are asleep. Based on the collected data it can determine in which stage of sleep you are in, and the alarm will go off in the most natural to allow you to wake up easily. This is a great app for business people that are on a tight schedule and have trouble getting enough sleep. The Smart Alarm Clock price is $ 1.99.

      4. DailyBurn

      If you don’t want to pay for expensive monthly subscriptions at the gym, or simply don’t have enough time to go to the gym, you will find that DailyBurn is just the right choice for you. DailyBurn has a huge database of professional HD training videos for yoga, strength training, beginner workouts, dance lessons, cardio training etc. The need for an instructor is completely removed with DailyBurn and you can definitively find training videos that can suit your needs, whether you’re looking for long work-outs or short training sessions, and it is completely free.

      5. OpenTable

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        There is absolutely nothing more annoying than having to wait for weeks to get a table at some fancy restaurant you like. If you want to avoid this whole process get an OpenTable app! Convenience is what this app is all about and with just a few clicks you can get access to reservations in over twenty thousand restaurants located in United States, Mexico and Canada.

        Whenever a reservation opens up you can quickly sign up for that place, without having to call anyone or wait in lines. The app also allows you to share reservations on social networks or invite friends to join you. OpenTable is free.

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        6. Ellucian Go

        This is an app college students will find really useful. It has access to a database of almost all colleges in the entire United States. It updates users about the recent events on your college, homework, grades, schedules and other things. All available in one convenient place. This I a great app for students that study long way from home and they can easily get updated when they are visiting their parents. The app is free.

        7. Lumosity Mobile

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          If you like challenging your brain all the time, then Lumosity Mobile is the right thing for you. This app creates training programs that train your brain. It was designed by expert neuroscientists to help users train attention, memory, logic and a lot more. If you like your mind to stay ahead of the curve then you will have fun playing Lumosity games. It’s a free to use app.

          8. Health Mate

          Health mate is your health’s, well, mate. Using the sensors in your smartphone this app tracks and monitors your everyday hearth rate and activity. It measures how active you have been during the day and tells you how much stress you’ve put on your heart. If you find that you are not as active as you would like to be, you can set goals using this app to ensure that you stay active throughout the day. And the best thing is that it is free to use.

          9. Paperless

          For people who like creating and using lists this app is something they’ve waited for a long time. This app allows you to create literally anything in your list. It’s a quite simple, but powerful tool that allows you to do anything from creating your grocery list to writing down a starting plan for your vacation. It has a simple, yet beautiful design that has a lot of fun icons you can attach to your lists. The price for this app is $ 2.99.

          10. Vallet – Virtual Wallet

          This is an app that simulates your virtual wallet. Vallet is a really useful app that looks and acts like a normal wallet, but it as it has many more conveniences. You can keep all of your essentials in one place: business cards, credit cards, ID’s, or, create a unique category that suits your needs. The app comes with a security system that has a passcode you can customize so that nobody else can access your Vallet. Vallet is a free app.

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          11. Find My iPhone

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            I encourage all iPhone users to get this app as soon as possible if they don’t have it already. With Find My iPhone you can find your missing phone on a map, lock it remotely, send a message on it, erase everything you have on it, or make it play sounds. We constantly lose our phones, and regardless of whether you’ve lost it somewhere around the house or you dropped it on your way to work, Find My Phone will, in fact, FIND YOUR PHONE. It’s a free app, so make sure you get it.

            12. KIK Messenger

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              KIK is a fairly new messenger app that is growing in users rapidly. What makes it special is that it’s a clutter free messenger app that was enhanced to make up for the shortcomings of its older relatives. It’s a powerful tool that allows quick and easy communication on all of your devices. You don’t need any usernames or numbers to contact people and communicate with them without any distractions or glitches. KIK Messenger is free to use.

              13. Mynd

              Mynd is an app that transforms your smartphone into your personal assistant. With just one tap, you can join conference calls, propose meetings, coordinate a group of people for meetings, and see the travel time needed to get between all of your scheduled meetings. You can even access LinkedIn automatically to find out who is attending a certain meeting. Managers, HR workers and other people who need to handle a large number of people are likely to fall in love with Mynd. It’s a free app.

              14. Mint Personal Finance

              Sometimes we forget to check our bank accounts and when we take a look to see how things are doing, we are surprised by what we see. We get carried away and have no clue about how much we are spending and how much money we have left on our account. This is why a lot of people love this app. With it, you can track all of your spending, create bill reminders, make a money-saving plan or create a brand new budget. It can even remind you when your bills are due so that you don’t forget paying them.  It’s a free app.

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              15. Nice Weather 2

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                For people who travel a lot, whether for business or pleasure, this app is the right thing. It’s a visually appealing app that can help you organize yourself and plan what to wear when going somewhere. If the weather is an important factor to you, then this beautiful app is your best choice.

                If you think any of these apps will fit in with your lifestyle and make things more convenient for you, give them a try. They are inexpensive, considering just how much easier they will make your life.

                Featured photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nnova/ via flickr.com

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                Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                Joe’s Goals

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                  Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                  Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                  Daytum

                    Daytum

                    is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                    Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                    Excel or Numbers

                      If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                      What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                      Evernote

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                        I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                        Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                        Access or Bento

                          If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                          Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                          You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                          Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                          All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                          Conclusion

                          I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                          What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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